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DELAY IN COLOMBIA

HI ALL I ARRIVED IN MEDELIN THIS MORNING TO FIND NO ALEXANDER!

AFTER A WHILE I PHONED MY SUPPORT DRIVER AND IT SEEMS HIS CAR IS IN FOR REPAIRS AS THE TRANSMISSION WENT :)

HE TELLS ME IT WILL BE READY TOMORROW AND NOT TO WORRY! ALEXANDER SAYS HE WILL MEET ME IN THE AIRPORT AT 11AM TOMORROW. SO I GUESS IT’S BEST FOR ME TO SLEEP HERE.

PART OF ME WANTED TO JUST GO ALONE BUT THE PROBLEM NOW IS THAT I GOT THIS HEAVY BAG OF LUXURIES AND EXTRAS I COULD TAKE HAVING THE SUPPORT VEHICLE.

ANYWAY, TRYING NOT TO STRESS TOO MUCH, AM ENJOYING THE COFFEE AND PUTTING SOME OF THE ‘ MEAT ‘ ON THAT LAST BLOG I WROTE FOR THE DARIEN, SO IF YOU HAVE ALREADY READ IT, I HAVE ADDED MORE.

HASTA LUEGO!

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4 Responses to “DELAY IN COLOMBIA”

  1. Larry Doherty Says:

    Good luck with the South American leg Tony. Make sure you have the support vehicle if at all possible. Sorry I didn’t get to meet you before you returned. I will get active again shortly on spreading the word for you and trying to get some support for you. (Was ill since new year and am currently preoccupied as I mentioned to you.) Take care.

  2. Ann for Tony Says:

    Hi everybody,

    Just received an email from Tony to say that he has been let down by his driver Alexander and the support vehicle. Tony is now intending to go it alone through Colombia. He is currently hiding some food and water along the road on the route that he intends to take. He hopes to be running on Monday or Tuesday. He is disappointed at this delay in starting Colombia but as we all know Tony “where there’s a will there’s a way” and if anyone can do this alone it will be Tony. I will update if I hear anymore news from Tony.

  3. kevin scanlon Says:

    thanks ann for the update, thats a shame about the vehicle and driver, hopefully tony will find a way around it. keep us posted cheers, kevin

  4. Larry Doherty Says:

    Thanks Ann, maybe Tony can negotiate a support driver on the way. Hopefully you do Tony!! Mind yourself!

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I have always considered myself to be an average runner. In school, I was even bullied for I was a sports wimp. Through hard work, dedication, perseverance, self-belief and a strong mind I succeeded in not only running around the world but breaking four ultra running world records during my competitive career. Having previously cycled around the world I didn't start running until I was almost 30. Then I had a dream of running around the world. For many reasons, I waited for over 20 years. One reason was to establish my pedigree as an endurance athlete. I started and finished my world run as the current World Record-Holder for 48 Hours Indoor Track 426 kilometres (265 miles), a record I have held since 2007. I also broke and still hold the World Record for 48 hours on a Treadmill 405 kilometres (251 miles) in 2008. When I retired from competition, more pleasing than any of my world, European or Irish records I had the respect of my fellow athletes from all over the world - in my opinion, sports greatest reward - an achievement I am most proud of. Then I finally put myself out to pasture, to live my ultimate dream to run around the world! This blog was written on the road while I struggled to find places to sleep and to recover from running an average of 43.3 kilometres or 27 miles per day for 1,165 road days. There were many nights I typed this blog on a smart phone, so fatigued my eyes closed. Many journalists and endurance athletes have referred to my world run as the most difficult endurance challenge ever attempted. During my expedition I rarely had any support vehicles, running mostly with a backpack. In the more desolate areas I pushed my gear, food and water in a cart which I called Nirvana, then I sent her on ahead to run with my backpack once again over altitudes of almost 5,000 metres in the Andes. I stayed in remote villages where many people had never seen a white person before. I literally met the most wonderful people of this world in their own backyard and share many of those amazing experiences in this blog. My run around the world took 4 years. There were no short cuts, I ran every single metre on the road while seeking out the most comprehensive route across 41 countries, 5 continents, I used 50 pair of running shoes and my final footstep of the run was exactly 50,000 kilometres, (almost 31,000 miles) I eventually finished this tongue in cheek named world jog where I started, at the finish line of my city marathon. I started my global run with the Dublin Marathon on October 25th 2010 and finished with the Dublin Marathon on October 27th 2014 at 3 05pm! Thank you for your support, I hope you can share my unique way of seeing the world, the ultimate endurance challenge! Read more...

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